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Why Boeing's latest 737 Max accident might not lose it much business

Jan 9, 2024
While investigators are still looking into why a piece of a Boeing aircraft blew off an Alaska Airlines flight over the weekend, there aren't many rival plane suppliers.
The latest incident involving the Boeing 737 Max comes after supplier issues last summer and two plane crashes five years ago.
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Passengers opting for more airline frills push carrier profits up

Oct 12, 2023
After pandemic lockdowns, many passengers want to feel a little spoiled — and are paying good money for that.
After some tinkering, airlines seem to have figured out what travelers are willing to pay for premium economy seats. 
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Could electric planes tempt Americans to fly short distances instead of driving?

Jul 26, 2023
Aviation company Surf Air Mobility is developing an electric engine to power planes during short jaunts. But the market is still untested.
Eviation's "Alice", the world's first all-electric commuter airplane, flew its first test flight last September. Companies are eyeing electric planes  to serve passengers taking short flights.
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A shortage of air traffic controllers is forcing airlines to cancel flights to and from NYC

Apr 28, 2023
The FAA has asked airlines to give up precious landing slots.
Above, the air traffic tower at LaGuardia Airport. According to the FAA, New York has just over half of the air traffic controllers it needs.
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After deadly crashes, added scrutiny for Boeing 737 software

Mar 15, 2019
How a failure to train pilots on software led to deadly crashes.
A picture taken on December 9, 2011 in Paris shows the controls of a flight simulator in a reproduction of a Boeing 737 cockpit.
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After the grounding of its 737 planes, can Boeing's messaging convince flyers?

Boeing faces a tough public relations challenge in the coming months, following two crashes and the grounding of its 737 planes. The question is, how will the company control the messaging to the air-faring public? Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke to Felicia Miller, professor of marketing at Marquette University, about the company’s PR strategy. Click […]
A LEAP engine is pictured on the first Boeing 737 MAX airliner is pictured at the company's manufacturing plant, on Dec. 8, 2015, in Renton, Washington.
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Pressure mounts on FAA to ground Boeing 737 Max 8s

Mar 12, 2019
"It's the rest of the world against the FAA right now," said Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current.
Southwest Airlines.
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As fuel prices go up, so do bottom line worries for smaller, regional airlines

Sep 4, 2018
Fuel prices are on the rise, and that’s a problem for budget airlines that need fuel  prices to stay low so they can keep ticket prices competitive. Fuel can account for up to 25 percent of airline operating costs, so it’s a big expense, but one that’s easier for the larger airlines to absorb. Smaller […]
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Boeing workers defeat union plans in South Carolina

Feb 16, 2017
The state has the lowest unionization rate in the U.S. Why?
A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner being built for Air India is seen on the production line at a Boeing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
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States out of compliance with Homeland Security state ID standards have about a year to get in line

Dec 29, 2016
Nine states haven’t complied with the Real ID Act of 2005.
Residents of these states may have to show their passports to get on a flight.
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